These 5 Exercises For Better Posture Will Make You Look Model-esque!
Have you ever wondered how models are always so poised? It ALWAYS looks like there’s a ruler holding their back upright, and head held high. For us mere mortals, standing straight without hunching or slouching is a workout in itself.
Whether or not you’ve carried the invisible weight of the world on your shoulders, you’d know that a lot of us DO NOT stick to the right posture. Us millennials can blame technology all we’d like for the text neck and laptop back, but in all honesty it’s not the fault of the digital world, but more our laziness at play.
You’ve probably YouTube-d workouts for abs, or workouts for sexy legs, or that Kim K booty, but have you ever worked out for a better posture?
If you’re one of those who is prone to a hunched neck, slouchy shoulders, and a Leaning Tower Of Pisa-esque back, here are 5 slop-free exercises you can do under 15 minutes in order to keep your slanted spine straight.
Step 1: Shoulder Rolls
While standing straight or sitting on a chair, rest your arms by your sides. Breathe in and breathe out – as you inhale raise your shoulders up to your ears, crunching in the shoulder blade and roll it clockwise and exhale. Repeat this counter-clockwise as well.
Step 2: Back Extensions
Overlap your hands under your chin. Lift your feet and head up together, but make sure you don’t strain your neck by putting pressure on it. In order to make this exercise easier, you can keep your hands by your chest and lift up by pushing against the ground. This exercise will definitely strengthen your back and improve your posture.
Step 3: Crunch And Twist
All of us have done a basic crunch; it’s one of the first things you do when you start working out. By adding a twist to the exercise (literally) you can ensure that not only will you work on your abs but also work out your obliques and strengthen your core as well.
Simply lie on your back with your knees bent, and place your hands behind your head. Lift your right shoulder off the floor, rotating toward the left and lower your shoulder back to the floor. Repeat on the other side to complete one rep.
Step 4: Plank
The trusty plank works on more than just your abs — it focuses on your back and legs too! Several variations of this trusted exercise exist so you won’t get bored with just the one.
Lie face down on the floor and lift yourself up with your arms. Keeping your back straight and the spine in straight line, hold the posture for 10-30 seconds and release.
Step 5: Standing Side Bend
Stand up straight, with your arms relaxed by each side. Take your right hand and touch it to the side of your head, while moving your body sideways towards the right. Bend till you feel a stretch in your sides and shoulder, and hold for 20 seconds.
Move on to the opposite side and repeat!